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Sunday, July 5, 2009

Making the Bed





The other morning my husband and I were making our bed. This is not a chore we usually do together. It is so silly, but, working together, chatting about daily life, helping one another complete this simple task filled me with such joy. I was making his side and he was making mine. I'm not even sure how we ended up that way, but each was making up the other's place. I pulled up his covers, he covered where I sleep. It was so sweet as we each took care to straighten the other's spot, making sure the pillows were in the right place (there are three colors with the green going on the outside!). In the midst of this, God whispered to my heart, "Tracy, this is how marriage should be. You should cover Brian and he covers you."


Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.
1Peter 4:8


I thought of the bed as our MARRIAGE.....How wonderful it would be to remember to COVER my husband, even when he is grumpy, even when he isn't "perfect," even when I am offended, even when he hurts my feelings.... to extend grace to him.


And, when we are working TOGETHER on "life"- parenting, finances, taking care of our home- how much smoother it works to work together..hand in hand, side by side, helping the OTHER person with HIS "side of the bed."




Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work:


If one falls down, his friend (spouse) can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up! -Ecclesiastes 4:9-10



God has brought us together to become ONE with our husbands. And, like our beautiful bed, how lovely we are when, working together, covering the other's side, we "make a bed."


This is a plaque that hangs in our bathroom. Because we see it everyday, walking past it hundreds of times, we may not notice it. But, I want to take the time to read it and pray it DAILY!




Lord, help us to remember when we first met and the strong love that grew between us. To work that love into practical things so nothing can divide us. We ask for words both kind and loving and hearts always ready to ask forgiveness as well as forgive.


Dear Lord we put our marriage into your hands.


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12 Comments:

Blogger Denise said...

I enjoyed this, bless you.

July 5, 2009 at 3:51 AM  
Blogger Angela said...

God has called to my mind MANY times 1 Peter 4:8 towards my husband. That's the love I pray will continue to grow and spill forth from me. What an awesome devotional. Thank you for your words and for covering each of us with God's Word.

July 5, 2009 at 9:06 AM  
Blogger Leah said...

Tracy,


what a great analogy!! How often I fail to 'cover' my husband with grace. It is so easy to be grumpy and grouchy to those we love while we give the best part of us to total strangers. Thanks for the reminder.

Leah

July 5, 2009 at 2:22 PM  
Blogger Kris said...

Awesome post. I'm so glad you were listening and heard in the midst of an everyday chore. Thank you so much for sharing!

July 5, 2009 at 3:16 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

What a wonderful devotional. Such a great analogy. It really gives us a good picture of your point about the husband and wife covering one another.

Have a great day!
Karen

July 5, 2009 at 3:52 PM  
Anonymous HisFireFly said...

We rarely make the bed together, but that's okay with me, for it's during this simple task that I often hear from the Lord. That in itself will keep me a "bedmaker" forever!

Lovely post, and I agree, we need to remember to cover each other in our marriages.

July 5, 2009 at 8:04 PM  
Blogger Angie said...

Tracy that was the "perfect" post to end this weekend! (I'm just now reading)--Jeff and I spent the last few days together..with no cell phones, no TV (by choice) and just reflected quietly. Sometimes out loud...sometimes to ourselves and the LORD.

This was a great encouragement for marriages! and families! Loved it! You always bless me!

July 5, 2009 at 8:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a great post. It made my day! Especially as I am out of town and away from my husband ~ who recently underwent surgery for cancer. God's plan for marriage is wonderful, even when put to the test.
God bless

July 5, 2009 at 8:44 PM  
Blogger Christa said...

I am anonymous, previous comment. I wasn't logged in to leave my name.

July 5, 2009 at 8:47 PM  
Blogger Faith Imagined said...

Ooooooooooh this is such a wonderful devotion!!!!!

July 5, 2009 at 8:50 PM  
Blogger Nancy said...

What wonderful thoughts here, and the scriptures to go with them so good...
Very good post. Thank you

July 5, 2009 at 9:57 PM  
Blogger Susan D. said...

What a beautiful picture of what marriage should be!
Bless you,
Susan D.

July 6, 2009 at 9:09 AM  

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